Friday, August 18, 2006

Right back where we started from....

Another crazy dream night. This time I was shouting in my dream and I actually woke up shouting at Jon. I didn't remember it at first in the morning, but it started to come back to me in bits and pieces after I was awake and Jon sparked my memory of it. Guess I woke him up from a pretty sound sleep. Oops.

Now to finish my California recap.

I forgot to mention the first thing we did after retrieving our rental car was went looking for an In and Out burger. I have heard them mentioned so many times in magazines and random movies that I had to try one. I was amazed by the line in the middle of a Friday for a fast food joint. It was not even lunch time. I guess everyone else had the same idea I did? We gave up on the drive-thru and after waiting for quite a long time for parking we finally found a spot and went in. The presentation was great. I really liked how they wrapped the burger like they do at Red Robin and put them in cute little red boxes with your fries. We got the fries and went outside to eat. I'm used to the fast food places in Seattle being overrun with Pigeons and Sea Gulls, but I was pleasantly surprised that this place had several really cute chickadees hanging out with the people eating outside. Not a Pigeon in sight!
These birds were really funny because they would stand by your table with their mouths wide open like baby birds and flap their wings at you. I don't know if it was the sleep deprivation at play or the fact that I am just a big old nerd at heart, but I was just having the best time feeding these little birds. Eventually we were surrounded and they had eaten the majority of my fries.
Jon rolled his eyes and shook his head in the "Oh Michelle" kind of way that he does.
The birds were my favorite and the burgers were not so bad either. I preferred the Astro burgers we had the next day and there was not a line.

Spaceland was on interesting club. The walls were lined with blue and silver. It sort of reminded me of the high school gym when it was decorated for a formal dance. By the time we got there I had been up and running around and shopping and not sleeping for a long enough time to where I was starting to feel a tad punch drunk. I helped Jon load in, met the nice Oohlas folks and then went back to the car to call Darian and check in with her.

When I went back in I just parked myself by the merch booth and spent a long time eavesdropping and people watching. There were some VERY excited people there that night, it was looking like it was going to be a good audience.

I was digging the show. Jon played Baby Bitch as per my request, which made me very happy. Harvey Danger put on a full on rock show. Jon said they were "on Fire" indeed!
Some very nice person from the night before sent me drinks and the club gave me drink tickets since Jon didn't have a full band, so I probably got a little tipsier than I had intended by the end of the night. We had wrestled with the idea of driving out to a party in Laural Canyon, and had every intention of going, but by the time we got in the car and driving it was decided that it was time for me to go home. Too bad, because it sounds like they had a good time.

The next day was the Shatner Roast, which I already wrote about.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Look what I found while I was shopping on Melrose. I want one!

Only two apples high!

The perfect storm.

(I wrote this post in LA on Saturday morning following the Largo show)

I need COFFEE!

The downside to vacation for me is the waiting around for people to wake up. I don't really sleep for long stretches of time. I sleep in little 4-6 hour intervals and that is it. So I have been up for a few hours now trying to tiptoe around the beautiful home of our host and hostess without waking anyone up. Lucky me there is a computer!
(We didn't bring our laptop due to the stupid airline drama.)
Speaking of which... it took us less that 15 minutes to get through the lines and get all set. Jon has MVP cards. Seems if you have those you wait for no one. The scary part to this? The guys who did the whole 9/11 thing, they flew first class and would have been able to skate through just as fast and easily as we did. Nice.

LA is interesting and familiar. I think I have seen so much of it in movies that I almost know what is around every corner before we turn. It is pretty dirty, but what are you gonna do? Everyone told me it would be. I might wear my glasses today because my eyes are not having it. It is so smoggy I feel like I have been smoking cigarettes or something. How every child in this city doesn't have Asthma is beyond me.

Largo is a really cool club. I love the sound and the feel of the place. Everyone who played did a fantastic job. I wish I could list off the names of the people who played before Jon, but I don't know right now (I am so bad with names) I will have to make that list later. But there were a couple of girls who sang who I will definitely be looking up their stuff when I get home.

The Largo show is now one of my top 3 all time favorite shows, just after Elliott Smith at The Crocodile and just before Lou Barlow in Bellingham. It was by far a perfect night.

Jon played a great set, one of his best. He told stories and sang beautifully. He even play Beyond Belief which I have not heard him do in quite a while. The crowd was responsive and stayed quiet through it all. It was like they were waiting to breath until after the song was over.

Harvey Danger did a slightly quieter/stripped down version of their set. They did Jack The Lion which made me get all misty eyed (always does) and a version of Pike Street/ Park Slope that got to everyone else in the place. Everyone was Emoting on 12. :-) I think I actually like them better without the cello on some of those softer numbers. There is so much talent there, I think it is good that they strip it down and showcase it in that way from time to time.

I met someone from myspace who shares a name with me in the line to the ladies room, right after that I met a girl who reads my Blog in the bathroom line! (It was a very busy bathroom line) She has never commented but she says she reads it. So if you ladies are reading this, HELLO!

Largo doesn't allow photos so I didn't take any of the show, but I did take a few pre-show.

I am super hungry and I want coffee but I don't know where I could go to get it from here. The only thing outside is a studio lot. It would take me 20 minutes to walk anywhere and I really don't have the foggiest clue as to where I actually am right now.

I'm really looking forward to tonight's show especially after how great last night's show was.

Oh, and I wish someone could turn off the crickets around here. I thought my ears were buzzing last eve, turns out it was the crickets!

Did I mention that I need COFFEE?!?!

So far, New York wins.


We had dinner here before Largo. They made great sandwiches and had a really cool ceiling!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Apparently there is no red hair in Hollyweird....

So it is late, and I just returned from the party where I drank many blue drinks served by green ladies (not really, the green ladies were on stage, we actually got outer space ladies wearing little silver mini skirts) and I still have to go pack, catch a plane, and go straight to the office from the airport. Might try to cat nap in there somewhere. I will go into this all in way more detail tomorrow. Here are the highlights from The Shatner Roast (I will write all about the Harvey Danger and Jon Auer shows when I get home) Now my blog is going to go all "dlisted" for a moment:

Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) is BEAUTIFUL in real life, but way shorter than I had expected. She was the only person I met all night who seemed at all down to earth.

Sulu (George Takei) is super sweet and shockingly one of the funniest roasters all night. When I shook hands he said, "You hair is Flaming" and laughed in his adorable and very robot way.

Odo (Rene Auberwhateva) You know the shape shifter guy... he strolled by me with his wife and said, "Your hair is Weeeeeeeeeeird" in his very sing-songy voice that he stresses words like on Boston legal. Nice. I was insulted by Odo. I wanted to ask him if he had looked in a mirror recently. He should not be calling anyone weird.

Nichelle is still stunning as ever. She can't do comedy very well, but I am sure with a lot of editing she will come across OK. She did have that classic hollywood vibe when she walked on stage. She is a class act for sure

and Bill, well he is still Bill.

Kevin Pollak is my hero! He does the best Shatner and is too funny for his own good. He wasn't in the VIP room after though, which made me very sad because I really would have loved to have met him.

Farrah Fawcet is still in fantastic shape but what the hell is going on with her face? It just looked super tight and stretched like a trampoline. She also acted like she was possessed by a cross between Courtney Love and Anna Nicole Smith. She had to have Jason Alexander hold her hand through her roast. She also had her bra strap hanging half way down her arm all night and I just wanted to fix it for her because it was driving me crazy.

Andy Dick is crazy and he licked Carrie Fisher and Farrah and pretty much everyone else he could get his face near. He was acting like a child and really bombed on stage. The director turned off his mic on him at one point.

Jason Alexander is a funny, funny man and very approachable and sweet.

Brian Posehn(the guy from just shoot me and Mr Show) is REALLY tall and he was hanging out at the VIP party with Patton Oswalt who is really short. They looked pretty cute wandering around together. Patton was the last of the VIPs to leave for the night. (Patton was super funny as well)

Greg Giraldo is SUPER sexy in person. I stood next to him at the bar in the VIP room and could not bring myself to speak to him. Too pretty.

Oh and I saw the guy who makes those girls gone wild videos. He was just sort of doing laps of the VIP room and then took off.

I think the most surreal person to be standing next to was Dick Van Patton. I mean holy crap- 8 is enough! It was like seeing my long lost grandpa or something. I just wanted to stick him in my pocket. He was super smiley and sweet.

So I am certain I spelled some names and other things wrong and there are several more people I need to look up their names because I just can't remember it right now. But I am tired and it is late....

Oh and one last thing, this morning on our coffee run I was standing in line behind Toby Ziegler of the West Wing (His real name is Richard but he will always be Toby in my world) :-) I f-ing LOVE that show!

I have to say, after having been to several gigantic rock shows and met all the rock celebs and now a real live Hollywood party, I MUCH prefer the rock crowd. The Hollyweird crowd has no idea how to have a good time. They are silly, silly people.

More when I get back....

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